Davina Semo, ‘THE JUNKYARD CONSISTED OF EVERY MACHINE THEY HAD EVER OWNED’, 2013, Ribordy Contemporary
Davina Semo, ‘THE JUNKYARD CONSISTED OF EVERY MACHINE THEY HAD EVER OWNED’, 2013, Ribordy Contemporary

Davina Semo, 'STAY UP', March - May 2014, Ribordy Contemporary, Geneva

About Davina Semo

Davina Semo’s brutal abstractions are deeply rooted in the physical. There is an implied violence and danger in the slabs of spray-painted concrete and broken safety glass that make up her sculptures, but also a certain austere beauty. While these objects appear blank and impersonal—they could be confused for found objects from a construction site—Semo gives them grandiose all-caps titles that uneasily bridge the gap between humor and hysteria, thus leaving their meaning unclear. “I keep coming back to thinking about how strange it is to be alive,” Semo has said, “and how in this time of total connection there is so little attention paid to the fundamental or metaphysical reality in which we exist, which is that there is no way for you to read my mind, and no way for me to read yours.”

American, b. 1981, Washington, D.C., based in Brooklyn, New York

Fair History on Artsy

2014
Ribordy Contemporary at Dallas Art Fair 2014